A YA book but one I would save for my daughter to read til she's at least 14. The story of two "spirits" who find each other... him because he was able to inhabit another body. When they find a body for her to inhabit, it sets off a whole change of events that may end up destroying them, their hosts and innocents around them. Slow starting... faster paced from middle on. Good!
After I read this book, I felt like I had just run an emotional marathon.
Seriously. I was literally drained.
In her novel, A Certain Slant of Light, Laura Whitcomb shows that love doesn't end when life does. Her protagonist is a spirit that hasn't moved on, that haunts people, not places. Over her many spectral years, she inspires writers, teachers and poets. She acts as a muse for many of her "companion" humans, helping them tap into their inspiration.
She thinks she's the only one of her kind -- a soul walking among the living -- until she meets another like her, and finds a love that transcends all the conventional boundaries.
The precise details of her death are a mystery, carefully doled out during the course of the book. This is where the real heartache of this story is revealed. The ending is completely wrenching and although satisfying, I left the book feeling exhausted and didn't start another story for a week. That's how I know a book has gotten under my skin.
I thought this was a wonderful book. It is 282 pages long. I finished it in one day. If you like ghost stories, this is a good book for you. I wouldn't reccommend this book for immature teens, though, because the book does have inappropriate language and such...
A very beautifully told story about love and forgiveness. It is also pretty short- you could read it in a day!
For lack of better words, all I can say is that this book was unusual. I won't pretend that everything made sense as I was reading it, or even in retrospect, but in the end there was a definite message there....One of hope, healing, and overcoming. While the book was written for young adults/teens, you certainly don't need to be one to enjoy it. If you are looking for a different kind of ghost/haunting story, give this one a try.